Getting Tense and Moody

Getting Tense and Moody

Explore how shifting the tense or mood of a verb can act as a gear change for your poems.

Verbs are the engines of our sentences, if they stay idle too long the poem will stall. In this workshop we’ll explore how shifting the tense or mood of a verb can act as a gear change for the poem, opening up new and uncanny horizons with deft little adjustments. We will be playing around with work by Denise Riley, John Ashbery and Gwendolyn Brooks to try and understand how these writers use grammatical trickery to make their poems more unexpected, troubling and complicated.

This course is a half-day workshop running 10.30am – 1pm on Saturday 14 April and is part of our Tutor Academy scheme. To find out more about the courses in the Tutor Academy, please see here.

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About Edward Doegar View Profile

Edward Doegar‘s pamphlet, For Now, was published by clinic in 2017. His poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe) and Granta. His reviews and critical work have appeared in Poetry Review, Prac Crit and Poetry Wales. His translations have featured in Modern Poetry in Translation and Poetry London. He is a consulting editor at The Rialto and will be joining the Poetry Translation Centre as commissioning editor in April 2018.

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